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Joanna Hogg becomes Cambridge University’s first Filmmaker in Residence

Leading contemporary director and screenwriter Joanna Hogg is to become the first Filmmaker in Residence at the University of Cambridge, where she is to present a series of talks and screenings this month.

Noted filmmaker, screenwriter and director Joanna Hogg is set to bring the silver screen to Cambridge this month, as the University of Cambridge’s first ever Filmmaker in Residence.

Joanna Hogg, who is one of the world’s leading contemporary filmmakers working in the tradition of “narrative art cinema”, will hold a sequence of film masterclasses for students at the University, together with public screenings and discussions of her works. There will also be a symposium on Joanna Hogg’s career in cinema held on 18 May.

Joanna’s residency is being hosted by the University of Cambridge Centre for Film and Screen, which provides a home for the University’s teaching and research in Film and Screen Studies, and which holds an array of seminars, screenings, discussions and events for students and the public throughout the year.

The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse cinema is collaborating with the Centre for Film and Screen to showcase a complete retrospective featuring Joanna Hogg’s three feature films, Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010) and Exhibition (2013), as well as a special screening of her first film, Caprice (1986), which stars a then little-known Tilda Swinton.

John David Rhodes, Director of the Centre for Film and Screen, said:

“Joanna Hogg is one of the leading contemporary international filmmakers working in the tradition of the stylised and stylish European art cinema. We wanted to invite Joanna to Cambridge to support new initiatives in Film and Screen Studies at the University. Many of us at the Centre work on European auteur cinema, and Joanna is importantly carrying on that tradition, but in a distinctively British context. Her work, while profoundly visual, also extends from an immersion in the literary. Although her cinema pays debts to the work of filmmakers like Chantal Akerman and Michelangelo Antonioni, she draws on British and European literature for much of her inspiration when writing.”

Joanna Hogg is currently working on a new screenplay, scheduled to go into production in summer this year.

Joanna said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be the University of Cambridge’s first Filmmaker in Residence. I’m looking forward to bringing my ideas and approach to the University and talking with students about my new film – a project which is very much under construction. I am anticipating a stimulating two-way conversation that I hope will inspire and give insight into my creative process. I know it will embolden and enrich my own filmmaking.”

Full details of all screenings and events held as part of Joanna Hogg’s residency at Cambridge can be found on the Centre for Film and Screen website at:

Tickets for screenings can be booked via the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The symposium, The Work of Joanna Hogg, is free and open to the public. It will be held at Trinity College, Cambridge on 18 May.  

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Image: Joanna Hogg behind the lens as a student filmmaker, courtesy of Joanna Hogg.